NEA Foundation Grant Winners 2012

The NEA Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning.


Lakeland Educators Receive $5,000 Grant


The NEA Foundation Funds Professional Development for K-12 Administrators in STEM fields

WASHINGTON, DC (March 21, 2012) — Brett Geier and Karen Davis of University of South Florida–Polytechnic in Lakeland, Florida have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to implement professional development for K-12 administrators at the county school district level. The learning will aim to improve STEM concept knowledge for administrators as they evaluate educators teaching these concepts. The administrators will utilize robotics kits to acquire STEM knowledge to effectively assess teachers and support improving student achievement and career orientation in STEM fields.

“With these grants, we are helping educators to innovate in their classrooms and to build their expertise so students can increase their academic achievement,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Our support enables students and educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative work.”

Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding 51 grants totaling $195,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning. The NEA Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities.

A team of 20 educators, many of whom are former grantees, carefully reviewed all applications and evaluated each one against a set of criteria. Funded grants were selected based on the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. The latest grants were awarded to educators in 28 different states.

The NEA Foundation has invested more than $8 million in grants like these to support the work of 2,500 educators in every state in the country to help students succeed. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants. To learn about these educators’ projects, visit our searchable grantee database.

The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next grant deadline is June 1, 2012. Application forms and a video with step by step instructions on how to apply can be found at neafoundation.org.



Melbourne Educators Receive $2,000 Grant

The NEA Foundation Funds STAR Program for Accelerated Students

WASHINGTON, DC (March 21, 2012) — Teresa Arrouet and Deidre Carroll of Johnson Middle School in Melbourne, Florida have received a $2,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to fund STAR, a program to help educators meet the needs of accelerated and gifted students. STAR will offer students assistance with developing higher level thinking skills, accelerated pacing in math and foreign languages, and the exploration and understanding of creative and critical thinking skills. Students will be encouraged to create and maintain portfolios of their work to keep track of their progress across all disciplines.

“With these grants, we are helping educators to innovate in their classrooms and to build their expertise so students can increase their academic achievement,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Our support enables students and educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative work.”

Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding 51 grants totaling $195,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning. The NEA Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities.

A team of 20 educators, many of whom are former grantees, carefully reviewed all applications and evaluated each one against a set of criteria. Funded grants were selected based on the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. The latest grants were awarded to educators in 28 different states.

The NEA Foundation has invested more than $8 million in grants like these to support the work of 2,500 educators in every state in the country to help students succeed. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants. To learn about these educators’ projects, visit our searchable grantee database.

The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next grant deadline is June 1, 2012. Application forms and a video with step by step instructions on how to apply can be found at neafoundation.org.

 

About the NEA Foundation

The Foundation funds and shares successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. FEA members, in Lakeland and in Melbourne, receive funding to advance a program for gifted students and to promote professional development for STEM related-fields. Read about other Florida grant winners.

The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others who support public education initiatives. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Visit www.neafoundation.org for more information.

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